Secrets of American Professional Wrestler Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar is one of the most famous American professional wrestlers for his wide range of achievements in his career. However, not many people know a few things that linger in the shadow of this athlete. The followings are four secrets of Brock Lesnar.

1/ Lesnar Partially Colorblind

Yes, Brock Lesnar has partial colorblindness or tritanopia to be exact. It means that he cannot distinguish colors. He may have trouble in the colorful ring. However, it does not seem to affect his wrestling career.

2/ Joins National Guard at 17 Years Old

It is not all-natural for Brock Lesnar to have a hulk-like physique. His superior stamina partly comes from his time in the U.S. National Guard at the age of 17. He participated in the Guard and learned a few things about military life before leaving to continue wrestling. Therefore, some of his defensive skills may come from his training there.

Despite his desire to fight on the front lines, his color blindness denied him his opportunity. He could not get into the bomb squad and was pushed to an office job.  

3/ NFL Career

After his big success at the WWE, he wanted to pursue his childhood dream of playing in the NFL. He decided to take a break from wrestling life to play football and gain some achievements.

He was noticed by scouts thanks to his extraordinary muscle and physique and quickly made his way up to the big leagues. Unfortunately, he suffered from a serious motorcycle accident before his trials.

Although he injured the groin region, Lesnar still managed to complete the tryouts in record time and joined the Minnesota Vikings soon. However, the injury harmed his NFL career and had to leave the club after half a year.

4/ Only NCAA, WWE, and UFC Champion at all-time

The most outstanding success of Brock Lesnar in his wrestling career is to be honored of being the only player to hold three major championships in professional wrestling powerhouses, namely the NCAA, the WWE, and the UFC.

The Best Young Wrestlers Who Are Already Doing Big Things (Part 3)

7. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF)

All Elite Wrestling has had its share of super stars, and Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) is a typical example. It’s hard to believe that the Dynamite Diamond ring winner is only 24 years of age, given how comfortable he is on the mic.

MJF is quickly establishing himself as one of top young stars in the world of professional wrestling. His gift for gab is one of the reasons why Friedman has been involved in some of the promotions top storyline, such as his feud with AEW founder Cody Rhodes. The product is one of the best heels in the business, and he is just getting started.

8. “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry

Weighing around 150 pounds, the 22-year-old “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry still managed to accomplish some big things. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, he has made quite a name for himself since having signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in January of last year.

As a member of the “Jurassic Express,” the son of legendary actor Luke Perry has been prominently featured on AEW television. During his time with the promotion, he has had the chance to feud with megastars such as Chris Jericho while also making waves as a tag team competitor.

9. Austin Theory

Al though he is only 22 years old, McDonough, Georgia’s Austin Theory, has been wrestling for four years now. Moreover, the talented youngster has already earned himself a WWE contract. He made his NXT debut in 2019 and has already shared the ring with some of the promotions top stars such as Roderick Strong and Tommaso Ciampa.

Between his six-foot-one frame and outstanding athletic ability, Theory has all the making of a future megastar. There are a lot of promising young prospects in NXT, but he has the tools needed to separate himself from the pack.

Famous WWE Wrestlers of All Time (Part 2)

The followings are the second part of the most famous wrestlers of all time coming from WWE.

6/ John Cena

John Felix Anthony Cena, known as John Cena, was born on April 23, 1977.

From 1999, John Cena won the World Champion for 16 times, the Tag Team Champion for four times, the U.S. Champion for five times, the Mr. Money in the Bank in 2012, and the Royal Rumble in 2008 and 2013.

7/ Batista

David “Dave” Michael Bautista Jr, known as Batista, was born on January 18, 1969. During his career from 1999 to present, he gained the World Champion for six times, the Tag Team Champion for four times, the Royal Rumble Winner in 2005 and 2014.

8/ Brock Lesnar

Brock Edward Lesnar was born in Webster, South Dakota on July 12, 1977.

From 2000 to now, he won the World Champion for five times, the King of the Ring in 2002 and the Royal Rumble in 2003.

9/ Goldberg

William “Bill” Scott Goldberg was born on December 27, 1966. Since 1997, he has achieved the World Champion for three times, the Tag Team Champion and the U.S. Champion for twice.

10/ Sting

Steve Borden, known as Sting, was born in California on March 20, 1969.

He won the World Champion for 12 times, the Tag Team Champion for four times, and the U.S. Champion for twice.

11/ KANE

Glen Jacobs, known as KANE, was born on April 26, 1967. During his career since 1992, he won the World Champion for three times, the Tag Team Champion for 12 times, the Intercontinental Champion for twice, the Hardcore Champion, and Mr. Money in the Bank in 2010.

12/ Big Show

Paul Donald Wight II or Big Show, was born on February 8, 1972. Since 1995, he has achieved the World Champion for seven times, the Tag Team Champion for 11 times, the Hardcore Champion for three times, the Intercontinental Champion, and the U.S. Champion.

Famous WWE Wrestlers of All Time (Part 1)

When talking about wrestling, the first word that comes to mind is the global phenomenon known as the WWE. WWE has produced most of the amazing wrestlers in the world.

The followings are some of the most famous WWE wrestlers of all time.

1/ The Rock

The Rock or Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on May 2, 1972 in Florida. He won the World Champion for ten times, the Tag Team Champion for five times, the Intercontinental Champion for twice, and the Royal Rumble winner in 2000.

2/ “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

Steve James Anderson, known as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, was born in Texas on December 18, 1964.  

During his career, Steve Austin has gained the World Champion for six times, the Tag Team Champion for four times, the Intercontinental Champion for twice, the King of the Ring in 1996, the Royal Rumble winner in 1997, 1998, and 2000, and the WWE Hall of Famer in 2009.

3/ The Undertaker

Mark William Calaway, known as The Undertaker, was born in Texas on March 24, 1965.

During his career in 1984-2017, he achieved the World Champion for seven times, the Tag Team Champion for six times, the Hardcore Champion, the Royal Rumble winner in 2007, and the Wrestlemania Streak.

4/ Triple H

Paul Michael Levesque, known as Triple H, was born in Greenwich, Connecticut on July 27, 1969.

He won the World Champion for 14 times, the Tag Team Champion for three times, the Intercontinental Champion for five times, the European Champion for twice, the King of the Ring in 1997, the Royal Rumble winner in 2002 and 2016.

5/ “HBK” Shawn Michaels

Michael Shawn Hickenbottom, known as “HBK” Shawn Michaels, was born on July 22, 1965.

In the 1984-2010 period, he won the World Champion for four times, the Tag Team Champion for six times, the Intercontinental Champion for three times, the European Champion, and the Royal Rumble in 1995 and 1996.

The Best Young Wrestlers Who Are Already Doing Big Things (Part 2)

4. Tegan Nox

The United Kingdom has become a hotbed for emerging pro-wrestling talent in recent years. One of the many shining stars from the region is Tegan Nox – a 25-year old out of Bargoed, Wales. In spite of an injury-riddled career, with the shiniest wizard of them, the female athletes all has shown plenty of upside.

Nox’s recent feud with her partner Dakota Kai has become one of the most discussed topics in NXT. The Bargoed woman is an incredible athlete with so many potential, and Knox should be in for a big 2020 if she can be healthy.

5. Toni Storm

Australia’s own Toni Storm is another young gun firing on all cylinders. The 24-year-old athlete was first introduced to the WWE Universe when she joined the 2017 Mae Young Classic. While being eliminated from the May Young Classic in 2017, Storm would win the annual tournament the following year.

From there, she would continue to defeat Rhea Ripley and become the NXT UK Women’s Champion. Storm is an exciting young athlete with contagious energy, which is a big reason why her career has gotten off to such a hot start.

6. Riho

It doesn’t seem easy to find too many 22-year-old athletes who have been in the pro wrestling business for more than 10 years. But Tokyo’s Riho fits the bill, having started her wrestling career at the age of nine. After 13 years, she has become a star in Asia and is now one of AEW’s top female stars.

In October of last year, Riho became the inaugural AEW Women’s Champion. She built on that momentum by having some phenomenal matches with performers such as Britt Baker and Kris Statlander. Riho will certainly remain a key player in the AEW women’s division for coming years.

The Best Young Wrestlers Who Are Already Doing Big Things (Part 1)

While aging icons tend to occupy WWE headlines, in this article, we are going to shine the spotlight on 10 best professional wrestlers under the age of 25.

1. Velveteen Dream

Velveteen Dream from Washington DC is a 24-year-old prospect who seems to be destined for big things. As one of the most compelling and eccentric characters WWE has produced in recent years, “The Dream” looks like a rare can’t miss star.

The former NXT North American Champion is athletic, charismatic, and also incredibly entertaining. Truthfully, if a promotion could build up a wrestler from the group, it would probably look much like the Velveteen Dream, who has received praise for his peers and pundits alike. Fans all expect to see the Velveteen Dream headlining WrestleMania as soon as possible.

2. Rhea Ripley

Rhea Ripley, who is only 23 years old, is one of the fast-rising performers in NXT as well as the entire WWE roster. South Australia, the native of Adelaide, also had a breakout year in 2019 and hasn’t shown any slowing down signs.

At the present, Ripley appears poised to take the next step toward becoming a major star. She is currently set to face Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36, which may suggest that the talented Aussie has been on the cusp of being one of the division’s key players.

3. Deonna Purrazzo

New Jersey’s Deonna Purrazzo has been honing her craft for years while working with major promotions such as Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor. She took the next step in her career by signing with WWE in May of 2018. 25-year-old Purazzon has been known commodity among wrestling fans for years.

The Fujiwara armbar specialist has a unique style and a lot of experience performing on professional wrestling’s brightest stages. She hasn’t really been given an opportunity to shine in WWE, but if that time comes, this talented ring will undoubtedly be ready to capitalize.

Saraya-Jade Bevis- Famous Female Wrestler in the World (Part 3)

Saraya-Jade Bevis, known as Paige, is the finalist of the top five famous female wrestlers in the world, besides Charlotte Flair, Trish Stratus, Sasha Banks, and Chyna.

She was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, on August 17, 1997, to Ricky Knight and Sweet Saraya. Both her father and mother were professional wrestlers. Her brothers, namely Zak Zodiac and Roy Bevis, are also professional wrestlers.

She learned at “The Hewett School” in Norwich and graduated in 2008. When she was a child, Paige did not pursue wrestling as a career and wanted to become a zoologist. However, she fought her debut at the age of 13 due to wrestling being an active part of her family.

By the age of 14, she participated in many wrestling promotional events in the United States and Europe. Paige entered singles championships without much success. She competed in the “World Wide Wrestling League” women’s title and lost in the finals to Sara.

During her wrestling career, she not only teamed up with her mother but also competed against her mother. In 2009, Paige defeated her mother in the “Herts and Essex (HEW) Women’s Championship, the Real Deal Wrestling (RDW) Women’s Championship, and the WAWW British Championship.

In 2010, she and her mother teamed up to defeat Amazon and Ananya in the PWF Ladies Tag Team Championship. She lost her HEW’ women’s title to her mother in 2011.

She was the only woman to hold the “WWE Divas Championship” title and the “NXT Women’s Champion” title at the same time.

She also held many titles such as the GSW Ladies Championship, the HEW Women’s Championship, the PWF Ladies Tag Championship, the Pro-Wrestling: EVE Championship, the RDW Woman’s Championship, the Swiss Championship Wrestling (SCW) Ladies Championship, and the RQW Women’s Championship.

How to get a wrestling scholarship

It isn’t easy but it isn’t impossible either to get a wrestling scholarship. There are about 10,500 men’s wrestling athletes of 536 programs from NCAA Division 1 to the NCWA. In this article, let’s discuss how to get a wrestling scholarship.

Student-athletes can improve their opportunities of being awarded an athletic scholarship by targeting schools that are a good fit for them, keeping their grades higher, and taking part in which weight class coaches will recruit. Remember these tips: 

  1. Research first. Know the major differences in the division levels. While NCAA Division 1, and Division 2, NAIA, NJCAA programs offer athletic scholarships, NCAA Division 3 programs offer scholarship packages that are made up of academic scholarships, merit-based and need-based aid scholarships. Division 3 and NAIA programs are typically provided by smaller, private schools.
  2. Know the athletic requirements. College coaches prioritize wrestling scholarships to recruits who can score points both at the state and national levels. For instance, a wrestler who can continuously score points against the elite competition will be ranked higher than a recruit who has won more total games but scored fewer overall points. Therefore besides being nationally ranked, try to maximize your point potential in high school to improve your opportunities of securing a roster spot.
  3. Excel academically. College coaches always want to find student-athletes and consider a recruit’s academic standing as seriously as their athletic ability. Moreover, a solid GPA and high test scores can land you additional academic aid. If you are interested in D1 or D2, ensure to sign up for the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  4. Keep your options open. Don’t overlook a division just since it isn’t Division 1. There are some competitive programs, from Division 2 to NJCAA, which can offer a better financial package than Division 1. For instance, you may find that a Division 3 package, which is made up of grants and academic aid, brings college costs down significantly. In addition, there are more wrestling scholarships available per team at junior colleges.

Former New Jersey wrestling stars affected by Stanford decision to cut the program

Two former New Jersey wrestling stars  may have to decide about their careers’ future since Stanford University announced on Wednesday that it will discontinue its wrestling program after this season.

Shane Griffith, a three-time NJSIAA champion from 2014-18, and Nick Addison, a state fourth-place finisher in 2018 and 2019, are two of those who will be affected if Stanford doesn’t change its decision.

After having won the 2018 NJSIAA 160-pound championship for his third state championship, Shane Griffith holds up three fingers in the air with both his hands.

Wrestling was one of 11 sports the Palo Alto school announced it was discontinuing. 

Griffith, a four-time state finalist, went 28-0 in 2019-20 and was the Pac-12 Conference 165-pound champion as a redshirt freshman.

He was the No. 3 seed at 165 in the NCAA Tournament after Alex Marinelli – Iowa’s Big Ten champion, and Vincenzo Joseph – Penn State’s two-time national champion and three-time national finalist – before the tournament was canceled.

During his scholastic career, Griffith was the state champion at 132 in 2015, 138 in 2016 and 160 in 2018. He was the runner-up at 152 in 2017. He defeated Rutgers’ Robert Kanniard in the 2018 state final and was defeated by Rutgers’ Stephan Glasgow in the 2017 state final.

Former Rumson-Fair Haven Regional wrestling star Nick Addison is also shown during the 2019 NJSAA 182-pound semifinal. Last season, he went 6-10, 5-8 in dual-meets at 184 pounds as a true freshman.

He was fourth in the state at 170 in 2018 after advancing to the semifinal, and fourth at 182 in 2019 after again advancing to the semifinal. Addison was defeated by Hasbrouck Heights’ state champion Michael O’Malley in 2018 and by Colonia’s John Poznanski, who will be a freshman this fall at Rutgers.

Addison is one of three multiple state medal winners in the history of Rumson-Fair Haven and is tied with 2003 graduate Patrick Berger for the highest state medal finish in the history of Rumson.

World’s Greatest Female Wrestlers (Part 2) – Sasha Banks, Chyna

In the first part of a series about the most famous female wrestlers in the world, we understand the profiles of Charlotte Flair and Trish Stratus.

Today, let’s name two of the greatest female wrestlers worldwide namely Sasha Banks and Chyna. They are both American professional wrestlers and win many titles during her careers. 

1/ Sasha Banks

Borne on January 26, 1992, Sasha Banks is one of the youngest professional wrestlers in the United States. During her growing-up period, she used to watch “All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling,” about which she was very enthusiastic. 

When she was ten years old, Sasha Banks had a strong desire to train the wrestling. However, her mother did not want her to take up wrestling as a career.

In 2008, she started her training at an independent American wrestling promotion, “Chaotic Wrestling, which was based in Woburn in Massachusetts.

Despite a long-term wrestling career of WWE, Sasha Banks received several achievements. She has so far won the Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, the NXT Women’s Championship, and the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.

In 2016, Sasha Banks ranked second in the list of top 50 female wrestlers in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50.

2/ Chyna

Born on December 27, 1969, Chyna is a WWF professional wrestler. She began the only female trainee at Wladek ‘Killer’ Kowalski’s professional wrestling school in Massachusetts. She participated in her first match in 1995. After her debut, she started appearing in various independent promotional events with the nickname “Joanie Lee.”

 During her career, Chyna won many competitions such as the Rookie of the Year in 1996 and 1998, the WWF Intercontinental Championships, the WWF Women’s Championship, and IWF Women’s Championship. Besides, she got the “Best Selling Title of the Year” in 2006, and the “Best Celebrity Tape” in 2012.